Tunisia vs Australia Odds & Recap
Group D Underdogs Face Off in Al Wakrah
⚽Australia vs Tunisia: Game Recap⚽
Results: Australia 1-0 Tunisia
Mitchell Duke was the matchwinner, as Australia beat Tunisia 1-0 at the Al Janoub Stadium in the second round of Group D matches at the 2022 World Cup.
Duke struck early on with a superb header to put Australia in front after a period of pressure. Before that point, Tunisia had not had much of the ball, but they had defended well and may count themselves unlucky that it only fell to Duke after a massive deflection on a cross from the Australian left flank.
Despite Australia continuing to have more of the ball, Tunisia had two goalscoring opportunities before the break. On 40 mins, a great piece of defending from Stoke City’s Harry Souttar at the near posts saw the ball go out for a corner instead of ending up in the back of the net.
Tunisia’s captain, Youssef Msakni, had a golden chance to score, but his first-time effort from close range went just wide of the post — he should have drawn his country level.
In the second half, Tunisia had more of the ball as they pushed for an equalizer. They were, however, limited to just a few shots from a distance that did not trouble Australia’s keeper, Mat Ryan.
Taha Yassine Khenissi thought he was in on goal late on, but the long legs of Souttar appeared from nowhere to close the door on the opportunity.
The Socceroos are close to securing a chance of reaching the knockout stage for only the second time after their famous 2006 campaign. With France and Denmark in this group, Australia and Tunisia knew this was a must-win game. The joyous huddle Australia went into at full-time was a testament to that.
How Did We Do?
Below you will find all the predictions we made before the matchup, on November 23, 2022.
First World Cup Meeting Between Tunisia and Australia
One of the best parts of the World Cup is the fact that it brings together nations that would never or rarely play otherwise. Tunisia and Australia certainly fall under that category and will meet for the first time in the World Cup, on Saturday. Both teams are underdogs to advance to the knockout stage but a win will certainly go a long way. We’ll see who’s favored and preview the match as we run through the Tunisia vs Australia odds
Tunisia vs Australia
Date, time (TV):
Location: Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah, Qatar
Streaming: FS1, Telemundo, Peacock
Team Standings and Odds:
|Team||FIFA World Ranking||World Cup Qualifying Record||Knockout Stage Odds||Odds to Win Group||Odds to Win World Cup|
|Tunisia||30||5-2-1, 1st CAF Group B||+200||+2200||+50000|
|Australia||38||5-4-3, 3rd AFC Group B||+750||+5000||+40000|
|Jun. 2005:||Australia 0-2 Tunisia|
|Oct. 1997:||Tunisia 0-3 Australia|
Tunisia and Australia have only ever met twice before. The most recent meeting was in the 2005 Confederations Cup and Tunisia won 2-0. Australia won the other match 3-0, which was a 1997 friendly. This is the first FIFA World Cup betting opportunity on this fixture.
Tunisia: Earn Hard Fought Draw
Standings: 0-1-0, T-2nd
Previous Match: D, 0-0 vs. Denmark
Upcoming Match: Nov. 30 vs. France
Not many expected Tunisia to come away with a point vs. an in-form Denmark on Tuesday. A draw showed a pregame price of +350 but Tunisia managed to hold Denmark scoreless. Tunisia were spurred on by a large contingent of fans in the crowd and played with intensity from the get go. The Eagles of Carthage outshot Denmark but only put one shot on target.
Tunisia don’t exactly have a prolific striker, especially now that Wahbi Khazri is out of form. The Montpellier man is Tunisia’s active leading goalscorer but couldn’t get off the bench vs. Denmark. Issam Jebali, who plays in Denmark, started up top and had a great chance which forced a Kasper Schmeichel save.
The World Cup soccer odds originally priced Tunisia at just +500 to advance to the knockout stage. After picking up a point vs. Denmark, their odds have improved to +200 to make the round of 16. The Eagles of Carthage have now kept shutouts in eight of their last nine matches and their defense is seriously compact.
Australia: Fold After Strong Start
Standings: 0-1, 4th
Previous Match: L, 4-1 vs. France
Upcoming Match: Nov. 30 vs. Denmark
It looked like Australia might follow in Saudi Arabia’s footsteps and upset France in the early stages of their match vs. France. Craig Goodwin put the Socceroos ahead in the ninth minute and Australia created some good chances. By halftime, France had already completed a comeback as Adrien Rabiot scored and assisted Olivier Giroud. Kylian Mbappe, in particular, was too much for Australia to handle. He torched fullback Nathaniel Atkinson, scored on a header and assisted Giroud’s second goal.
Australia had no answer for France in the second half and some of that is a matter of depth. France could bring on Kingsley Coman, Theo Hernandez and Jules Kounde but Australia’s subs were largely ineffective. Graham Arnold hasn’t quite figured out his striker situation and substitute Jason Cummings made just his second Australia appearance in the match.
The Tunisia vs Australia odds give the Socceroos a better chance to win this match than any other in the group stage. They certainly need to regroup and go all out to get a result in Al Wakrah. Still, they haven’t won a World Cup match since 2010 and haven’t made the knockout stage since 2006.
Match Analysis and Odds:
On the back of a good performance vs. Denmark, the Tunisia vs Australia odds price Tunisia as +110 favorites. They also sit at the same odds to cover the ½-goal spread. Meanwhile, Australia show -140 odds to draw or win the match. The Eagles of Carthage are certainly capable of making life tough for Australia, though. The Socceroos are priced at +280 odds to get their first World Cup win in their last eight games at the competition. A draw would be a frustrating result for both teams but it comes in at relatively short +210 odds.
Tunisia’s 13 matches in 2022 have finished under 2½ goals. Meanwhile, the over shows +130 odds.
With how well Tunisia’s defense has played all year, it could be a challenge for the Socceroos to score. Tunisia have also had problems scoring consistently, so a low-scoring contest wouldn’t be a surprise. That comes through on the odds board, where under 2½ goals shows -160 odds. In fact, nine of Tunisia’s 13 matches in 2022 have finished under 2½ goals. Meanwhile, the over shows +130 odds.